Everything in the universe including human thought is predetermined.Free will is an illusion.
predetermination usually implies a predeterminer – some omnipotent entity. It seems much more plausible that the universe is instead deterministic – given all the information in the history of the entire universe, one could accurately predict every element of the future. This excludes the small proportion of information obscured by Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, but research in quantum computing suggests even that is not unsolvable.
Everything in the universe including human thought is conceptual. Free will is conceptual. We created concepts and rules that seem to govern our whole experience and now wonder why these rules aren’t clear or static or whatever other property we need them to have or predict.
The question about free will or predetermined universe implies that the observer (we) is separated from the very universe we try to assess. But what gave rise to this idea in the first place? Of course all experience seem to point to this separation and from that we derived that separation must exist and laws govern this separation. Find out if that separation exists 1st then conclude if there is free will or something predetermined.
Perhaps. I think some things are more likely than others, and some things are not possible. I also think sometimes we are presented with choices which lead to a branching of realities (like a parallel universe tree). This is all pure conjecture, as is your comment.
I like to look at it like this: Concious existence is determined solely by the choices we make and the experiences that follow those choices. I believe reality could not be all that different than a video game. Think of skyrim for example. It’s a game were you can pretty much do anything in any order you choose, but all the options you have available are already ore-determined, or in this case, pre-programmed. I feel life operates similarly to this. Life itself has programmed every possible outcome that exists when you either go left, right, forward, or backward; this is pre-destination. However, the decision to go either forward, backwards, left or right, along with all the choices that proceed each avenue; that is free will. So maybe they exist simultaneously?